Everything you need to know about Vertigo

It came across strange initially when I said that the world around was spinning and that my entire room seems to be in constant motion. Basically I used to find the floor of my bedroom, the bed and the room itself was in constant motion (not literally spinning or in constant motion, but I felt that way). I had to walk around supporting myself using the wall, furniture, in fact anything that was close by, and if nothing was available literally crawl. Finally, I was diagnosed with something called Vertigo.

Vertigo is the feeling that you or your environment is moving or spinning. It differs from dizziness in that vertigo describes an illusion of movement. When you feel as if you yourself are moving, it’s called subjective vertigo, and the perception that your surroundings are moving is called objective vertigo.

A few causes and types of Vertigo are:

Benign Paroxysmal Postional vertigo: Tiny calcium particles called canaliths clamp up in the canals of the inner ear. This could also be caused due to sudden movement of the head resulting in dislodgement of the crystalline structures in the ear’s balance detectors.

Meniere’s Disease-This is an inner ear disorder caused by changing pressure of the ear and built up of fluid in the ear.

Labrynthitis-Inner ear viral/bacterial infection

Bleeding in the brain:

Vertigo can be caused by decreased blood flow to the base of the brain. Bleeding into the back of the brain (cerebellar hemorrhage) is characterized by vertigo, headache, difficulty walking, and inability to look toward the side of the bleed. The result is that the person’s eyes gaze away from the side with the problem. Walking is also extremely impaired.

Some other less evident causes: 

  • Head or neck injury.
  • Stroke/tumor/diabetes mellitis/Atherosclerosis
  • Migraine
  • Certain medications
  • Hormonal fluctuations in menopausal women

Most common symptoms are: Spinning, loss of balance, headache, sweating, nausea, and yes I have experienced all of this at one go.

Treatment for Vertigo :  Treatment depends mainly on what’s causing it. There are a variety of treatments for vertigo including self-care remedies, medications, and physical therapy maneuvers.

Let us look at some of the treatments

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo- Posture correction exercises, head and neck strengthening exercises help this type of vertigo. It has helped me too. Apart from this Vitamin D supplementation may be beneficial for patients diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. But, before that you need to check if you have a Vitamin D deficiency.

Meniere’s disease and Labyrinthitis- These two are usually treated with anti-inflammatory and diuretic medicines. However, natural foods like ginger root and Curcumin aid speeding up the recovery process.

Stroke/Atherosclerosis/Diabetes/hypertension- Dietary modifications like avoiding junk, simple sugars, refined flours, and incorporating complex carbohydrates, more fruits and vegetables and whole grains can help improve symptoms of vertigo.

Avoiding red meats, packaged and preserved foods like frozen meats like salamis and sausages, various sauces, chips and wafers (foods high on sodium) and replacing them with fatty fish and lean meats can improve both vertigo or any of the cardiovascular and lifestyle diseases mentioned above.

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IT and Healthcare: Benefits Abound

The healthcare industry has been slow to adopt certain facets of information technology (IT) that the rest of the professional world was eager to embrace. The reasons for the reluctance to jump into IT are myriad, but most concerns boil down to the difficulties in communicating information accurately and securely. There is little that is more precious to a person than his or her health information, which is why secure, reliable information exchange is so critical. Fortunately, advances in transmitting secure information mean that health professionals are now adopting IT in their practices at record speed. Here is a look at how IT is gaining importance in healthcare.

Access

IT and HealthcareAccessing a physician or healthcare provider can be difficult, if not impossible, for some individuals. The advent of online consultations helps to ease the burden of overworked physicians while giving patients the kind of quick access to services that they desire. For patients, online consultations give them the ability to run their symptoms past a trained professional before investing time, energy, and money into visiting their own provider in person. In many cases, such as flu, acne, tick bites, and so forth, the patient can receive treatment and avoid a trip to the doctor altogether. For doctors, online consultation frees up their time, allowing them to deal with the illness that requires a personal touch and physical presence. The benefit is that everyone gets better, more thorough care at a faster pace and with less hassle.

Access is also being improved through cost containment. The outsourcing of healthcare services, such as pathology and radiology, is only possible now thanks to reliable, fast information networks. The web has changed the face of healthcare, making it possible for physicians and healthcare providers thousands of miles away to offer their services and expertise. The net result of outsourcing has been lower costs without any degradation in quality or accuracy. It only follows that by keeping the costs of healthcare contained, more people will be able to access services, particularly health maintenance services. Healthcare is slowly becoming a competitive market, where patients can cross-shop services to compare quality and cost.

Collective Wisdom

The idea that two heads are better than one has been a driving force behind knowledge bases like Wikipedia, WebMD, and others that deal in information. In healthcare, collective wisdom means that both doctors and patients have access to knowledge of disease and treatment from across the planet.

Collective wisdom can be thought of as the embodiment of all human knowledge about a particular subject. In the case of healthcare, collective wisdom comes in the form of databases and knowledge banks about the signs and symptoms of the disease as well as the tests that lead to diagnosis and the treatments that can be employed to improve health.

For patients, collective wisdom means being better informed and more savvy about personal health issues. It gives patients more control over their own care and allows them to investigate their own symptoms and compare their experiences to those of others. Through this process of investigation and comparison, patients are able to whittle down the broad range of illnesses that may be affecting them, home in on what symptoms are most important, and ultimately become more active participants in their own care.

For providers, collective wisdom in IT provides a means of rapidly perusing the vast and deep collection of knowledge that concerns human health. No one can know it all, but knowing how to interrogate databases, perform optimal keyword searches, and so forth are what set today’s stellar physicians apart from their average counterparts. The practice of medicine, thanks to information technology, is rapidly becoming more about assimilating large amounts of information from patients and IT resources than it is about memorizing a plethora of facts in order to generate a differential diagnosis. IT is making it possible for physicians to better serve their patients by allowing them to retain a sort of peripheral brain that they can easily search for information and clues as to what ails their patients and how to best treat those ailments.

The combination of improved patient knowledge of their own conditions and physician access to cutting-edge research and evidence-based practices means that quality in health care is improving. It also means that outcomes are improving because patients are more compliant with treatment and actively seek out alternatives that suit their needs. Ultimately, the sharing of collective wisdom through the Internet has resulted in better collaboration between physicians and the patients they care for.

The Bottom Line

IT is reducing paperwork, improving safety, and reducing the incidence of unnecessary tests and procedures. More than that, however, IT is making healthcare a faster, more accurate, more consumer-friendly industry. Doctors and patients alike are benefiting from the collective intelligence that IT puts at the fingertips of providers. Thanks to IT, healthcare has become more efficient while simultaneously making gains in accuracy and patient service. It’s a winning situation no matter how you look at it.

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Need for patient advocacy and holistic care

India is amongst the few countries where Heath care sector is developing fast not only in terms of infrastructure or supply but also in terms of demand for quality medical care. India today lacks the patient-friendly approach of treatment. People would get medicine but not the diagnosis. Most of the times patients and their relatives undergo additional trauma of identifying the ‘right’ medical approach or treatment for a problem they are facing from long. In some cases, they may have given up the hope in the lack of proper advice or overlooked right advice in the crowd of multiple pieces of advice. It is essential that patients not only understand the problem holistically but also are able to take the right and informed approach. This is where MediCounsel would be beneficial in a country like India. The inclusion of digital healthcare is the only way to control the soaring cost of the healthcare in India.

We are the second most populous and the seventh largest country. Added to this vastness is the unequal distribution of resources and facilities. On the one hand, we talk about air ambulances in the metropolitan cities and on the other hand patient of schizophrenia in a village still, goes to a faith healer instead of a doctor as he doesn’t have a right knowledge. This contrast very well suggests; that to provide synchronous healthcare growth we need percolation of knowledge and the right information to the people in need who are sometimes located in the remote corners of the country. Fortunately, internet and E-mail communications have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications and connected us well.

MediCounsel is a functioning, user-friendly, healthcare consulting portal designed to assist the treatment of the patients suffering from complex, rare and hopeless medical conditions. The portal coordinates and integrates the opinions of multiple specialists for a patient victim of multiple / chronic diseases. Intense interaction and continued communication with the patient and on his/her behalf, with the experts, is our unique selling point. Our reports are easy to understand, well-illustrated and help patients to be fully knowledgeable about his disease and the pros and cons of the proposed treatment options. Our final report is inclusive of patient education that can help alleviate the anxiety of the patient / family.

When it comes to the practice of medicine, collaborative decisions are in the best interest of the patient. Medicine is a field where established treatments and approaches are constantly evolving due to the pursuit of knowledge. We assemble a team of experts with unique medical viewpoints. Our team will work together to suggest / recommend options specific to one’s situation.  MediCounsel has been developed to give people a real understanding of their specific medical problem. We work to answer their questions, thanks to our panel of experts. They consider the questions, research solutions and then deliver clear, unbiased opinion in a language that the patient can understand.

Most of the times, and more so in complex medical conditions, the patient continues to suffer unbearable health conditions while being shunted from one physician to other for the want of right kind of advice. In this frustrating situation, he either ends up having a lot of options or with no options at all. We aim to provide him clear, unbiased and cutting-edge advice based on recommendations of world class experts so that patient can make an informed decision. MediCounsel is neither a second opinion portal nor just a medical consultation portal. It is a well thought of concept to address the burning need of health care sector today – Right advice at the right time from the right experts. Patients may find the finest of advice but the challenge arises only when it comes to translating it into actions. Best of the advice is not good if you don’t know with a factor of certainty, whether or not it would work for you or if that is the one best suited for you. It is only when a problem is analyzed from all possible dimensions by a panel of best experts from India and abroad and in the well-lit backlight of thorough research that the right recommendation is made and the patient can take the informed decision.  This kind of in-depth analysis and understanding is the need of the hour and this is how MediCounsel differs from anything else available.

MediCounsel has over 625 experts from the U.S., India, Australia and the U.K covering 40 super-specialties. We plan to have over 1000 experts by the end of 2014 and keep on adding to the most valuable resource of MediCounsel. They are from different medical and paramedical specialties and considered the best in their field. We cover all the areas of health but are more focused on chronic diseases and the conditions for which the patient is not able to take a right decision.

MediCounsel aims to bring the awareness and information right in the hands of patients. The doctors must still take the right decision for patients but at the same time, patients should understand why and how a problem is being tackled with a certain approach and why other available options are not best suited in his context. We are hopeful that it would bring the desired positive changes in the Healthcare system by diverting the care towards patients and making it patient friendly rather than system friendly.

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How much do you care about your health?

What do you do when you plan to buy a mobile phone?

Check various features of the phone based on your requirements? Check available alternatives? Check the pricing on multiple websites to be sure that you get the best deal possible? Check the reviews? Maybe go to a store and take a look of the demo piece?

When we are so vigilant while planning to buy a tangible unit which we probably intend to use for two or maybe three years, why can’t we be equally vigilant when it comes to something which we intend to utilize for the rest of our lives? Why can’t our medical problems and health get equal priority, attention, research, and know-how?

Let’s start by asking ourselves a few questions which would tell us how aware are we when it comes to our medical problems…

How many times did you visit a doctor and came out knowing the exact diagnosis of the problem along with the right treatment option?

How many times do you ask the doctor why a particular treatment would be best suited for you?

How many times do you wonder if there is a better alternative treatment for your medical problem?

How many times you get to know the long term implication of the treatment OR the long term remedy of your problem?

Probably, we don’t bother much to think about the above questions when it comes to any medical problem for which we visit a doctor. Result? It could lead to a situation where your problem is big enough for you to give it your utmost priority, bear unnecessary pain and trauma and get into a fire fighting mode because possibly you did not care to give these questions deserved importance.

Most often than not, in our day to day medical consultations, we end up believing on one opinion and treatment option without even being sure if the right problem is diagnosed or not and if the offered treatment would benefit you. Probably, we are not expected to know the technical details of the medical problem, but we most certainly need to know the reason why a treatment option would be better than the others available, what the pro cons of all available options are and what is the root cause of your problem?

Being well informed is very crucial because you can never be sure about the treatment you would be undergoing unless you know it has the maximum chance of working for you. It does not mean that all opinions are wrong or all opinions need a validation by a second or a third opinion. It simply means that there could be an option available outside the explored boundaries which could probably do a better justice to you than the others. Yes, there is a chance of getting hold of that option right in the first attempt but at the same time the odds are equally probable or may be a bit more in current scenarios. Don’t get yourself trapped into a situation when you have multiple opinions, not knowing the right one for you or not having an opinion at all.

Healthcare is one of the fastest evolving and emerging segments and every day there is a breakthrough which makes the possibility of cure better than the previous day. We need to know where is that breakthrough happening and how it can benefit you better than the currently available options. Deriving hope to your complex medical problem is only possible if you know that there exists an alternative which we have not yet explored.

For an instance, we know that Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are most common neurodegenerative diseases and possibly there is no cure for the two even till date. The only thing medical science could do is to reduce the agony of the patient by medication and therapies. However, a breakthrough research published on biomarkers (a measurable indicator of a biological condition) states that a group of proteins in the spinal fluid could help to identify the disease in the very first stage and controlling it could be a possibility using the advanced drugs that failed in more advanced patients. This is not expected to be known to a common man and even day to day practitioners. There are so many such critical breakthroughs coming to light every day for problems ranging from Cancer, Jacobson’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, to Asthma, HIV, and diabetes. The list is endless. All we need are the ways and means to know the best available options.

Collective opinions are therefore preferred because the chances of arriving at or even exploring multiple options from multiple perspectives are better. Throwing light on the right problem and its corresponding right solution is very critical because you possibly don’t want to take chances on your health.

When these collective opinions are clubbed with the breakthrough research findings and medical advancements, it possibly becomes your strongest weapon to fight for your health and significantly increases the chances of your winning the battle. This tells you a very simple and most powerful concept of collective wisdom which has worked wonders for some people and has changed their entire perspective of looking at a critical illness.

The most valuable asset and best available resource to a human being are his health, the rest can just be tackled if you preserve this asset well and manage this resource efficiently.

Be well informed!

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The MediCounsel Goal

We want to be there for anyone who seeks to find an honest, independent consensus of opinion about their health from a global panel of experts who are truly knowledgeable and empathetic. A task once impossible for most has now become not only possible but also affordable, thanks to the IT networks now available worldwide.  Patients can have access to the best care advice in the world, all without even leaving their home.

MediCounsel will be unbiased as it does not take or give referral fees. Based on the complexity of the medical case registered and inputs received from the panel of experts, the advisory service presents different treatment options and recommendations for each individual patient’s consideration. In all such cases, the views on the relative merits and demerits of each of the recommendations are shared with the patients.  As a policy, we will never entertain any financial relationship with any hospital, diagnostic service providers or any other entity. This is why patients can always rest assured that none of our recommendations will ever have any bias or reflect self-interest.

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Kill your pain with caution: NSAID concerns and guidelines

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs like ibuprofen, aspirin are being consumed more than ever before. Not only are these drugs recommended for severe pain and fever in illnesses, but are finding a way into our shelves for minor aches and pains more than ever before. Popping a NSAID for a mild headache is now a common strategy to avoid any discomfort, and even recreational and professional athletes have increased their consumption in the recent years. The problem, however, occurs when NSAIDs are taken for managing mild or no pain, or just as a measure to avoid the occurrence of pain for a long duration of time.

NSAIDs are used to relieve pain and reduce signs of inflammation like fever swelling and redness. People may take NSAIDs for temporary conditions such as s sprain strain, back pain etc.

Concerns

Long-term use of NSAIDs has been shown to cause more harm than good and this is even more worrisome with the ever-increasing consumption of NSAIDs. The inflammation and pain after injury is the result of prostaglandin production by the COX enzymes. NSAIDs target the COX enzymes thereby limiting the production of prostaglandins and hence diffusing pain and discomfort. It all sounds good but there is a twist in the tale, that is, COX enzyme leads to the productions of growth factors, which drive tissue repair and adaptation. NSAID overconsumption thus interferes with tissue repair mechanisms and proves to be detrimental to the body unless suggested by the medical professional.

After an injury, our body’s healing mechanism kicks in which comprises of three phases. Inflammatory, repair and remodeling.

Inflammation is usually considered a bad thing as it causes pain, swelling, redness and warmth around the injured area. However, it is our body’s way of protecting itself. Inflammation leads to an increase in blood flow, which helps transport nutrients to the injured area to help with repair and recovery.

Guidelines

If you are experiencing mild inflammation and pain resort to icing for the first 72 hours after injury. If at all required you can use NSAIDs during that time. Consuming NSAIDs for a longer duration after the injury unless absolutely recommended by a medical professional can do more harm than good. If you are taking painkillers before workouts to avoid feeling sore, it is a bad strategy. Long-term use of NSAIDs will lead to strength loss and skeletal muscle injury. Think before you pop that pill, for sometimes pain is not that bad after all.

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The power of Collective Wisdom

An intuitive and intelligent opinion could save someone’s life or bail the person out of the never-ending trauma of an unresolved problem. However, the presence of adequate intelligence quotient in the opinion is a must. In critical conditions, however, getting the right opinion or being sure that the opinion received is appropriate is nothing short of solving a tricky puzzle; you can’t be certain whether it is correct or not until you go right until the end and experience the outcome. One could consider taking a chance if the outcome is not so impactful, and could be reversed / discarded. But if the outcome could save a life, it has to be accurate and intelligent.

When dealing with human lives, judgment errors are not affordable. One needs to hedge the risk of these errors in such cases; and while this could be done independently, one may end up having same ‘judgment error’ outcome if the mode of analysis or point of view is not different. To avoid such unpredictable and unfavorable outcomes, it is essential to explore the problem collectively and from all possible perspectives. This establishes the need of Collective Wisdom which essentially would touch upon all possible scenarios and aspects of a problem and ensure exploration from all angles. It would comprise of an unbiased yet collective opinion of the best experts in the field. The power of Collective Wisdom should be unlocked to get the holistic and accurate perspective of any chronic health problem.

Best of the opinions can only be mined collectively. Solo or standalone opinion creates a doubt about the accuracy and precision of the recommendation or if explored individually, it would burden the person with multiple recommendations, leaving him in a fix to pick the best applicable one based on his own judgment; this often creates further anxiety and confusion as that is not his forte. Most clear recommendations would be the outcome of aligning individual goals of providing the right solution for the better patient care.

We, at MediCounsel, strongly believes in the power of Collective Wisdom in order to provide the patient with the best available options and comprehensive and coherent recommendations. We enable our group of experts to provide right medical solutions with practical approaches, and ensuring that the best potential of the group is realized while doing so. We believe that unless the potential (collectively as a group) is realized it is hard to arrive at the best outcomes.

One opinion may give you a solution, two could give you options but only Collective Wisdom gives you the best care, the finest outcome and the ultimate joy of life seeing your loved one living a better life again!

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